101 Best Casseroles for All Occasions

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101 Best Casseroles for All Occasions
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The beauty of casseroles is their ability to elevate ingredients that aren’t as delicious on a stand-alone basis. In this case, leftover chicken, extra mushrooms, and plain rice from the pantry are combined to make a creamy, wine-infused dinner.

There’s something wonderfully satisfying about taking leftovers, pantry staples, and any miscellaneous ingredients you may have on hand, combining them in an oven-safe dish, topping them with cheese and/or bread crumbs, and baking them to golden perfection. In the end, you have made something far greater than the sum of its parts: a warm, comforting casserole. While there’s no set definition as to what a casserole is, most will agree on the oven-baked-dish-that-elevates-common-ingredients definition.

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Casserole is a French word for “pot” or “pan” and it refers not only to these mixed-ingredient, one-dish meals, but also the vessel they are cooked in; a casserole is a type of cooking pan. The idea of casseroles dates back as far as the thirteenth century, but it wasn’t until the 1900s that they started to gain widespread popularity. The scarcity of food (and rationing) during the World Wars, the invention of canned foods (especially soup), and the changing role of women in society as they joined the workforce all contributed to the success of these convenient and economical one-dish meals. By the middle of the twentieth century, the casserole craze was in full swing.

Casseroles are still popular today for many of the same reasons; most are easy to make, cost very little to produce, and can be made ahead and stored away for busy nights. And, despite the misconception that casseroles are cold-weather meals best eaten during the fall and winter, there are a number of light, fresh casseroles full of spring and summer produce.

We’ve rounded up 101 essential casseroles to fit any taste, lifestyle, occasion, or budget. This list is in no way exhaustive and is not ranked. Instead, we’ve collected a few standout casserole recipes in a number of categories like vegetarian casseroles, dessert casseroles, and summer casseroles. Whether you’re looking for a bean casserole or a chicken casserole, we’ve got a few choices for you. Plus, we’ve got expert tips for making casseroles in advance from expert Betty Rosbottom, author of Sunday Casseroles: Complete Comfort in One Dish.

Betty’s Make-Ahead and Freezing Guidelines

• To bake a casserole ahead of time, cool completely, and then cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

• To freeze a casserole, you can either assemble and freeze or bake and freeze, depending on the recipe. Either way, cool completely and cover tightly with plastic wrap, and then with foil. Add a label with the name of the recipe and the date. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.

• Whether refrigerated or frozen, bring a casserole to room temperature 30 minutes to 1 hour (but no longer) before baking or reheating. You may need to add extra baking time when a dish has been refrigerated.

• Reheat casseroles in a moderate (around 350 degrees F) oven, covered, so that they do not dry out on the second go-round. If a casserole seems to be dry, you can stir in a little more of the liquid that was called for in the recipe. Reheating in a microwave will warm the food but will also soften crispy toppings.

Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole

(Credit: Bush's Beans)
This casserole takes time — three hours in the slow cooker — but if you plan ahead, you can truly set it and forget about it. That is, until the delicious aroma of thyme and rosemary fills your house!
Click here for the recipe.

Nacho Chicken Casserole

(Credit: Flickr/Personal Creations)
This is truly one of the easiest casseroles you can make; after combining lots of flavorful Tex-Mex ingredients like tortilla chips, green chili peppers, and sour cream, top the casserole with shredded cheese and bake until bubbly and delicious.
Click here for the recipe.

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101 Essential Casseroles

Chicken Casseroles

1. Chicken in Marsala Cream Sauce

2. Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole

3. Nacho Chicken Casserole

4. Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

5. Pecan Chicken Casserole

6. Lemon Curry Chicken Casserole

7. Oven Paella

Potato Casseroles

8. Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

9. Potato Bacon Casserole

10. Potato and Sauerkraut Gratin

11. Shiitake Mushroom and Yukon Gold Potato Gratins with Fresh Herbs

12. Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

13. Enchilada Hash Brown Casserole

14. Ham and Potato Casserole

15. Crunchy Layered Potato Casserole

Rice Casseroles

16. Campbell’s Gumbo Casserole

17.  Broccoli Rice Casserole

18. Spanish Inspired Wild Rice, Chicken, and Chorizo

19. Italian Sausage Rice Casserole

20. Cheesy Zucchini Rice Casserole

21. Makeover Shrimp Rice Casserole

22. Saffron Rice Pilaf with Lamb Meatballs, Red Peppers, and Dates

23. Hot-Spiced Pork and Rice

Bean Casseroles

24. Cassoulet

25. Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

26. Hamburger Baked Bean Casserole

27. Classic Buffalo Baked Beans

28. Veggie Cassoulet

29. Black Bean Lasagna

30. Sausage, Chicken, and White Bean Gratin

Make-Ahead Casseroles

31. Chicken and Wild Rice

32. Overnight Chicken Casserole

33. Cobre Valley Casserole

34. Finnish Macaroni Casserole

35. Lattice Top Turkey Casserole

36. Corn and Bacon Casserole

37. Mexican-Style Lasagna

38. Portuguese Fish Casserole

39. Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

Holiday Casseroles

40. Mashed Carrot Casserole

41. Green Bean Casserole

42. Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole

43. Noodle Kugel

44. Butternut Squash, Sage, and Mushroom

45. Sweet Potato Casserole

46. Maine Lobster Mac and Cheese

47. Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole

Breakfast Casseroles

48. Sausage-Mushroom Breakfast Bake

49. Eggs Benedict Casserole

50. Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole

51. Bagel and Chorizo Egg Casserole

52. Smoked Salmon and Potato Breakfast Casserole

53. Breakfast Casserole with Broccoli, Ham, and Cheese

54. Pumpkin, Chorizo, and Kale Frittata

Vegetarian Casseroles

55. Spinach Casserole

56. Turnip Casserole with Porcini Crumb Topping

57. Mediterranean Eggplant Casserole

58. Vegetarian Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie

59. Provençal Potato Gratin Recipe

60. Southwestern Quinoa Vegetable Casserole

61. Individual Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheddar Gratins

62. Quinoa Caprese Casserole

Dessert Casseroles

63. Cranberry Apple Casserole

64. Peach Crisp

65. Apple and Mixed Berry Crumble

66. Grilled Rhubarb Brown Betty

67. Pineapple Casserole

68. Blueberry Crisp

69. Strawberry Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding

Casseroles for Fall

70. Asian-Inspired Shepherd’s Pie

71. Healthy Mac and Cheese with Butternut Squash

72. Beefy Polenta Casserole

73. Crock Pot Wild Rice Casserole

74. Sweet Italian Sausage Casserole

75. Butternut Squash Casserole

76. Bacon and Shiitake Mushroom Bake

77. Mushroom Soup and Pasta Bake

78. Blue Cheese and Green Bean Casserole

Casseroles for Winter

79. Cabbage Casserole

80. Samuel Adam’s Shepherd’s Pie

81. Cheesy Onion Casserole

82. Tuna Noodle Casserole

83. Hamburger Noodle Casserole

84. Potato Gratin

85. Winter Vegetable Casserole & Herby Stuffing Bites

86. BBQ Spaghetti Casserole

87. Vegan Lasagna

Casseroles for Spring

88. Spring Casserole of Crab, Asparagus, and Spaghetti

89. Artichoke Casserole

90. Carrot Casserole

91. Ham and Peas Casserole

92. Miss Edna’s Turnip Casserole

93. Chicken and Pea Casserole

94. Farro, Cherry Tomato, and Carrot Gratin with Asiago

Casseroles for Summer

95. Corn Casserole

96. Rich Eggplant Casserole

97. Zucchini Casserole

98. Taco Casserole

99. East Indian Vegetable Casserole

100. Bacon Tomato Casserole

101. Spicy Apricot Lamb Casserole

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

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